Monday, January 23, 2023

Citizenship for War Service? Russia takes page out of US playbook.

The Daily Caller reports that Russia is offering "automatic citizenship" to foreigners who voluntarily enlist to serve in the country's war against the Ukraine.

The U.S. has a similar provision: INA § 329 (8 U.S.C. § 1440), which provides that

"Any person who, while an alien or a noncitizen national of the United States, has served honorably as a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve or in an active-duty status in the military, air, or naval forces of the United States during ... any ... period which the President by Executive order shall designate as a period in which Armed Forces of the United States are or were engaged in military operations involving armed conflict with a hostile foreign force, and who, if separated from such service, was separated under honorable conditions, may be naturalized..."

At this point, it's entirely unclear how many people might take Russia up on its offer of citizenship in exchange for war service. It's also unclear whether this offer will be enough to offset the nation's already heavy personnel losses over the course of this war. 


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